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Three Women and Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 14. The Farmer’s Almanac gives the history of this day, pointing to three women who promoted respect and support for motherhood.

In the middle of the 19th century, Ann Reeves Jarvis sponsored Mothers’ Day work clubs. Her goal was to improve the living condition for mothers in West Virginia.

Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic during the Civil War. Following the war, she urged people from all sides to seek peace. She suggested a Mother’s Day for Peace.

Anna M. Jarvis wanted to honor her mother and all mothers for their hard work and the sacrifices they made. She was passionate about setting aside a day to honor mothers. 

In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a bill establishing Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.

Today we could remember Ann Reeves Jarvis’ goal, to support motherhood. The goal of Pregnancy Help Centers is to provide resources for pregnant women in difficult circumstances. A center in my area is Informed Choices—tomorrow they will have a fund-raising hike.

More than ever young mothers need support that may come from family, church community, or groups like MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).

When my children were little I attended a mother of twins club. I am a grandmother now and grateful for the support I have received over the years. For a number of years I was one of the leaders for Baby & Me at our church. Young moms came with their babies and we held discussions. We offered information and the moms found friendship  

As Mother’s Day approaches our thoughts could center on ways to be supportive of young mothers. If you are a mom, where did you find support when your children were little?

Linking with: Sweet Tea and Friends and the Senior Salon Pit Stop and also Inspire Me Monday

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

5 Comments on “Three Women and Mother’s Day

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  2. I remember how much I valued the friendship of other women at the same stage of motherhood when I was a brand new mom! And how much I valued the mentorship of those kind women who had “been there done that” and offered some perspective. The church is a great place to find that support, but we must all remember to be gentle and encouraging rather than critical. Visiting from IMM today

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